Three things Rangnick got wrong and one he got right as Man Utd lose to Wolves

Manchester United slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Wolves on Monday night after a late strike from Joao Moutinho.

Ralf Rangnick's side were dominated in a lacklustre first half showing and failed to improve after the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo saw a second half header ruled out for offside whilst Wolves defender Roman Saiss rattled the bar before Moutinho's late strike.

The result saw Rangnick's unbeaten start to life in the United hotseat grind to an abrupt halt and leaves his side sat in seventh spot in the Premier League.

Daily Star Sport takes a look at the calls Rangnick got right and wrong on another sobering night at Old Trafford…

Three things he got wrong…

Ronaldo given the armband

Ronaldo was given a huge vote of confidence by Rangnick after being handed the captain's armband for the clash against Wolves.

Ronaldo, who last donned the armband for United back in 2008, has come under fire in recent weeks for some questionable body language.

Rangnick backed the Portuguese superstar in the wake of that criticism – but it was a move that backfired.

Ronaldo struggled to have real impact in a game that, ultimately, passed him by.

If handing Ronaldo the captaincy was a move designed to spark a performance from United's talisman, it didn't land.

First half pasting

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In truth, United were completely and utterly dominated by Bruno Lage's side in the first half.

Wolves absolutely peppered David de Gea's goal, registering 15 shots in the opening 45 minutes compared to just four managed by United.

Granted, only a fraction of those (4) were on target, but it was all one-way traffic at Old Trafford.

Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic struggled to get near Wolves midfield duo Moutinho and Ruben Neves, who ran the show for the visitors.

It was far from the start that Rangnick would have envisaged. His innovative, pressing gameplan was absent once again – with United more than fortunate to head in at the break still on level terms.

Sticking with Wan-Bissaka

Aaron Wan-Bissaka's spot in the United team has come under scrutiny after a string of sub-part performances this term.

Diogo Dalot was selected by Rangnick for the German's first couple of games in charge – although Wan-Bissaka has quietly nudged his way back into the team in recent weeks.

But, in hindsight, Rangnick got his right-back choice wrong for the clash against Wolves.

United's full-backs were, more often than not, high up the pitch and probing against the visitors. But that only highlighted the attacking deficiencies that are present in Wan-Bissaka's game.

The match would have suited Dalot much better – and the Italian will fancy his chances of muscling his way back into the team following Wan-Bissaka's woeful showing.

And one thing he got right…

Jones in from the cold

United faced a defensive crisis ahead of the game against Wolves with a host of defenders ruled out of the Premier League clash.

That led to a recall for forgotten man Phil Jones – who made his first appearance for United in 708 days.

Although Rangnick hardly had much choice in the matter, his decision to reintegrate Jones proved to be an inspired one.

The ex-Blackburn man was in the thick of the action early on, winning a commanding header inside the first 30 seconds before completing a vital interception just minutes later.

Jones put in a sterling performance and played a key role in helping United survive a first half onslaught from the visitors.

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